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Admissions Process

Our Admissions team is available to answer any queries you may have on the admissions process for Pre School, Preparatory, Seniors and Sixth Form. Please contact Mrs Parris or Mrs Gard on 020 8688 3863 or email them on: admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk

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Please note that the School Shop will be closed for the two weeks of the 2020 autumn half term.

A helpful guide to entering your child at Old Palace

To help us provide you with the right information for your daughter, please enter the age she will be when she joins Old Palace, in the box below.

Daughter’s age at entry

Entrance at 3+ (The Nursery)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Parris and Mrs Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They will check availability for your child and arrange for you to visit the Nursery to have a look around. You may telephone them on 020 8688 3863 or email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

Old Palace Nursery and Pre School are an integral part of our Preparatory School. During the year there are regular opportunities for families to come and have a look around the Nursery at one of our Working Open Events. Alternatively, our Day Care Manager, Jacqui Hines, will show you around at a date to suit you should you prefer to have an individual tour. During your visit you will be able to pick up literature on the Nursery.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form or by filling in an application form obtained from the school. The Registration Fee is £100 (this is non-refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Offer

On receipt of your application, our registrars will contact you to agree on your child’s start date and days to be attended. An offer will be sent by email and your child’s place will then be secure. You will have two weeks to confirm acceptance of your offer by completing and returning the Acceptance Form and making payment of the £400 deposit. The deposit will be held by the school and refunded when your child leaves the Nursery or Pre School, or transferred towards the deposit for her Reception place.

Step 5 – Admission

Shortly before your child’s start day, our Day Care Manager will contact you to arrange a one-to-one meeting. During the meeting she will discuss your child’s routines, dietary needs and any medical information. You will have the opportunity to meet your child’s Care Worker and to see the room they will be starting in. Our Day Care Manager will also agree with you to arrange a couple of sessions for your child to settle in, usually during the week before they start.

Entrance at 4+ (Reception)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Girls may join our Reception in the September after they turn four.

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you have. You may telephone them on 020 8688 3863 or email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

During the year there are regular opportunities for you to come and have a look around the Preparatory school at one of our Preparatory Working Open Mornings. However, Covid-19 restrictions mean that at present we are having to offer a mix of virtual and physical Open Days so please contact our Admissions team for the latest information.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non-refundable). Parents with girls at our Pre School do not need to complete the Application form.

 

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

The Reception assessments, usually lasting an hour, are held in small groups of 2 or 3 girls and are ongoing throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. They are held in our Reception classrooms where we create a child friendly environment. They are designed to enable your daughter to relax and feel at ease. Whilst your daughter has her assessment we will arrange a parental meeting for you with our Head of Preparatory.

Step 5 – Offer & Acceptance

Offers are made shortly after assessment. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the required security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

During the summer term our Admissions team will be in contact with you to invite you and your daughter to our Induction Morning in June 2021. This is your opportunity to meet with our Reception staff and to be introduced to your daughter’s learning environment. Your daughter will spend the morning in her new classroom and meet with her new classmates. Parents will be given welcome and induction packs at the event.

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend you and your daughter arrange to visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year at various Open Events (Covid-19 restrictions allowing). Please contact our Admissions team for the latest information.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter (Covid-19 restrictions allowing) which will involve papers in English and Mathematics, as well as a Reasoning test. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace, experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with either the Head, Mrs Burton (Seniors) or Mrs Nike (Prep). Your daughter will be asked to bring with her a project/favourite book/achievement that she can talk about at the interview. Covid-19 restrictions might mean that an assessment may have to be virtual/Zoom.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks of the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed, our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

 

 

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend you and your daughter visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year at various Open Events (Covid-19 restrictions allowing). Please contact our Admissions team for the latest information.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form, or by completing an application form obtained from the school. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter (Covid-19 restrictions allowing) which will involve papers in English and Mathematics, as well as Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with the Head, Mrs Burton.  Your daughter will also be asked to bring something to the interview that she is proud to talk about for this meeting.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks from the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed, our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

 

 

Entrance at 7+ (Prep School, Year 3)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you have. You may telephone them on 020 8688 3863 or email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

There are regular opportunities for you to come and have a look around the Preparatory school at one of our Preparatory Open Mornings (Covid-19 allowing). Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non-refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, our Admissions Registrars will contact you with regard to the entrance test arrangements. We will arrange for you to have a parental interview with our Head of Preparatory, and will also contact your daughter’s current school for a reference. We invite girls to spend the whole day with us, so that, as well as sitting the test papers (in English, Mathematics and Reasoning), they have the opportunity to experience the school and meet the other girls in their year group during lesson time and break times. The assessment day will be held in March 2021. Please note that these arrangements might change subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Girls entering Year 3 are also given the opportunity to apply for a Choral Scholarship.

Step 5 – Offer & Acceptance

Year 3 offers will be posted in March 2021 (date tbc). To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance is April 2021 (date tbc).

Step 6 – Admissions

During the summer term our Admissions team will be in contact with you to provide joining information and to invite your daughter to our Induction morning. Your daughter will spend the morning in her new classroom, meet her Form Tutor and new classmates. They will have lunch together before going home.

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend you and your daughter coming to visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year, at either an open event or working lunch. Please note these arrangements may be subject to change.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form, or by completing an application form obtained from the school. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter which will involve papers in English and Mathematics and a Reasoning test. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with the Head of Prep, Mrs Nike; your daughter will be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about for this meeting. Please note these arrangements may be subject to change.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks from the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend you and your daughter coming to visit us prior to making an application. Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter which will involve papers in English and Mathematics, as well as a Reasoning test. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with the Head of Prep, Mrs Nike; your daughter will be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about for this meeting. Please note that these arrangements are subject to change.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks from the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

Entrance at 10+ (Year 6)

Step 1 – Enquiry

At age 10, girls enjoy small class sizes and some specialist teachers to ensure that Year 6 is a time of new experiences and personal development.

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

There are regular opportunities for you to look around both our Preparatory and Senior School sites. Alternatively. please contact our Admissions team to arrange a date that will suit you.

Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non-refundable). The closing date for applications is February 2021 (date tbc).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange for you and your daughter to come for interview with the Head, Mrs Nike. Your daughter will be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about. Our Admissions Registrars will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. We invite girls to spend the whole day with us at our Preparatory School, so that, as well as sitting the test papers (in English, Mathematics and Reasoning), they have the opportunity to meet other girls in their year group during lesson time and at break times. The assessment day will be held in February 2021 (date tbc). These arrangements are subject to change.

Step 5 – Offer & Acceptance

Girls who join us in Year 6 are guaranteed forward entry to Year 7. They will, however, take the Year 7 tests in the following January for an opportunity to win a Scholarship, Bursary or one of the other awards on offer. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance will be in March 2021 (date tbc).

Step 6 – Admission

During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and will be in contact to invite you and your daughter to our Induction events. There will be a series of Induction events for you and your daughter in the summer term.

Entrance at 11+ (Year 7 – Age 11 in September)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

Due to Covid-19 regulations, we are currently unable to offer tours of Old Palace. In their place, we will be running a programme of virtual Open Days during the autumn term. Please check the Open Day page of our website for the latest information.

  • Saturday, 3 October: Virtual/Live Head’s Talk & Q & A:  9.00am & 10.30am.

Step 3 – Application

You may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Should you wish to apply for the Music Scholarship or a Music Award, you will need to indicate this on your application form, and complete the separate Music Scholarship form by 27 November 2020.

View Scholarship Information

You should indicate on the application form whether you are applying for a Bursary. You will also be required to register your interest via the John Whitgift Foundation website. See below.

Apply Online

Apply for a Bursary via the John Whitgift Foundation

Step 4 – Assessment

Interviews with the Head will be via a Zoom call scheduled for parents/carers and girls after the Autumn half term.  They will be asked to show a piece of work of which they are particular proud and are happy to discuss.  The interview is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.

Parental support and alignment with the ethos and value of Old Palace are crucial for academic success.  All parents/carers will be interviewed.

NB:  Please be aware that entrance assessments are subject to change according to changes in Covid-19 regulations.  The Admissions team will keep applicants informed of any changes.

Our Admissions team will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. The entrance tests will be run on the 4th & 5th of January. If you are sitting another entrance exam on either of these days, please let us know your preferred date.  This will involve a 1-hour paper in both English and Mathematics, as well as an on-line Reasoning test. Covid-19 restrictions may force us to revise our entrance test arrangements but we will keep applicants informed of any changes.  The Admissions team send full details of the entrance tests to all applicants in early December, following the application deadline. Applicants are given their candidate number on the day of the entrance test day (they are not issued in advance).

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

Offers will be posted on the 2nd February 2021. The offer letters will include details of any scholarship or awards offered. If you have applied for a Bursary, the offer letter will advise you of the outcome, and the John Whitgift Foundation will write to you outlining their provisional contribution towards your daughter’s fees. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit (£200 if a Bursary place has been offered) which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance is 4th March 2021.

Step 5 – Admission

During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and will be in contact to invite you and your daughter to our Induction events. There will be an Induction evening for you and your daughter, as well as an Induction morning at the Senior School for your daughter when she will spend the morning in her new classroom, meet her Form Tutor and new classmates.

In addition to the students moving up from our own Year 6, girls join us from a large number of primary schools. Pastoral care is important to us and great emphasis is placed on settling your daughter into her new environment. We  hope to hold a bonding event in the summer term, which is a further opportunity for girls to meet and socialise with each other.

 

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend that you and your daughter visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year at various Open Events.  Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter which will involve papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning tests. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with the Head, Mrs Burton. Your daughter will also be asked to bring something to the interview that she is proud to talk about. These arrangements are subject to change.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks from the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed, our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

Entrance at 13+ (Year 9)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend that you and your daughter coming to visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the School throughout the year, at either an open event or working lunch. Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form or by filling in an application form obtained from the school. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange for you and your daughter to come for interview with the Head, Mrs Burton. Your daughter will be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about. Our Admissions Registrars will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. The entrance tests will be held on an ad hoc basis. These involve papers in English and Mathematics, as well as a Reasoning test and an opportunity to spend time with their peers at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. These arrangements are subject to change.

The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to all applicants on receipt of their application.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

Outcomes will be posted within two weeks of your daughter’s assessment. To accept an offer for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admission

During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack ready for the start of term.

Residual Place Entry

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have and to advise you on availability for the year group you are interested in. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

Step 2 – Visit

We recommend that you and your daughter to visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year, at either an open event or working lunch. Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 – Application

Following your visit, you may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).

Apply Online

Step 4 – Assessment

On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange an entrance test date for your daughter which will involve papers in English and Mathematics, as well as a Reasoning test. The day will include an opportunity for her to spend time with her peer group at Old Palace experiencing the school for the day. The Admissions team will send full details of the entrance test arrangements to you and arrange for you and your daughter to come for an interview with the Head, Mrs Burton. Your daughter will also be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about. Please note that these arrangements are subject to change.

Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of the entrance test will be posted within two weeks from the date administered. To accept an offer of a place for your daughter, you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 security deposit which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

Step 6 – Admissions

Once a place has been confirmed, our Admissions team will send you joining information and a welcome pack in preparation for the start of term.

Entrance at 16+ (Sixth Form – Year 12)

Step 1 – Enquiry

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk. You may also be interested to view our Key Dates for Admissions.

Step 2 – Visit

We are holding a virtual Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 8th October at 5.00pm. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

Step 3 – Application

You can make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable). It is not necessary for Sixth Form applications to be completed for girls currently in our Year 11.  If you are an external student interested in making an application, the deadline for applications to our Sixth Form is 29 October 2020.

All candidates and their parents are invited for interview with the Head, Mrs Burton. A reference will be requested from the applicant’s current school.

Should your daughter wish to apply for an Academic Scholarship or Exhibition (in Art, Dance, Drama, DT: Product Design, Music or Photography), you will need to indicate this on your application form. Candidates will be required to complete a separate scholarship/exhibition application form and submit a personal statement by the deadline. Please contact the Admissions Team for the latest arrangements whilst the school operates under Covid-19 restrictions.

View Scholarship Information

You should indicate on the application form whether you are applying for a bursary and register your interest via the John Whitgift Foundation website.

Apply Online

Apply for a Bursary via the John Whitgift Foundation

Step 4 – Offer and Acceptance

The outcome of applications, including scholarship and exhibitions, will be posted on the 10 December 2020. If your daughter is made an offer, the letter will outline the conditions on which the offer is based. To accept our offer (deadline 8 January 2021), you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit (£200 if a Bursary place has been offered) which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace.

On GCSE results day, your daughter will be asked to bring to the school proof of her GCSE results. This will enable us to verify and confirm her offer. In the event that the conditions are not met, the Admissions team will aim to find an alternative programme of study. Should this not be possible, your deposit will be refunded.

Step 5 – Admission

Once a place has been confirmed, your daughter will be invited to the Sixth Form Admissions morning, prior to the start of term. During the morning your daughter will be able to sign up for her subject choices.

There are no results for that entry age.